This early-19th century playing card is from a set of 60 such cards, each devoted to a different province or territory of the Russian Empire, which at the time included the Grand Duchy of Finland, Congress Poland, and Russian America. One side of each card shows the local costume and the provincial coat of arms; the other side contains a map. This card depicts Novgorod Province, located in the western part of the empire. Novgorod, situated on the Volkhov River, north of Lake Il’men’, was the administrative center of the province. Although Novgorod means "new city" in Russian, it is one of the oldest Russian cities, and was founded in the ninth century. The card indicates that the distance from Novgorod to St. Petersburg was 184½ versts, and from Novgorod to Moscow, 535¼ versts. A verst is a Russian measurement of distance, no longer used, equal to 1.0668 kilometers.
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9.5 x 6.5 centimeters. Color lithograph
Last updated: June 3, 2015